Melrose Abbey is the centerpiece of the town, built by the Cistercians in the 12th century and the burial site of many Kings of Scotland including the heart of Robert the Bruce.
What that period has left is the vast Linlithgow Palace that rises spectacularly above the shores of Linlithgow Loch.
When Bonnie Prince Charlie took the town during the Jacobite rebellion on 1745, it was said that the fountains ran with wine.
The town today surrounds Mac Lellan’s Castle, built by Sir Thomas Mac Lellan in the 1580s.
More recently the town became famous in the first half of the last century as an artists’ colony to rival the likes of St Ives in Cornwall and Walberswick in Suffolk.
The handsome town hall also dates back to the 17th century.
Melrose in the Border country is the site of one of the most picturesque of all monastic ruins in Britain.
Sir Walter Scott called the town ‘the most beautiful’ in all of Scotland.
It developed around the magnificent Kelso Abbey in the 12th century, once among the grandest monastic houses in Scotland and now a spectacular Romanesque ruin after it was destroyed during the Reformation.
There’s a local legend that a Spanish gold ship from the Armada lies sunk in the harbor.
The literary-minded amongst you may notice that Saki took the name of his indiscreet, talking cat from the town.
Kirkcudbright lies in Dumfries and Galloway in the Lowlands, close to Castle Douglas and Gatehouse of Fleet and overlooking the River Dee.